Anyone who spends any time in Las Vegas understands that this is a city where people can be found out walking around at all hours of the day and night. There is much to see and experience here, and Las Vegas is not a city that operates on a preset clock. As such, motorists need to be aware of this reality and they need to be ready to deal with pedestrians regardless of whether it’s 3 p.m. or 3 a.m. While it’s obviously much more difficult to see people in the middle of the night than it is during the day, that doesn’t remove the responsibility taken on by drivers.
Tragically, at least one and perhaps two people abdicated their responsibilities late on Thursday night when a man was hit and killed in a Las Vegas pedestrian accident. The crash occurred at Rainbow Boulevard near Spring Valley Parkway. An unidentified 86-year-old man was attempting to cross the street when he was hit by another unidentified man who was driving a Honda sedan. The driver is 30 years old. He remained on the scene and police are continuing to investigate the situation. At this point, no charges have been filed.
What the situation will most likely come down to is whether or not the man who was killed was in a crosswalk at the time he was hit. Police indicated that he was wearing dark clothing at the time of the crash which obviously won’t make it any easier for someone to see him before hitting him. If he was in the crosswalk, then it seems possible that the driver was at fault for the crash. If he was not, then the opposite could be true. Of course, there is always the possibility that both parties were at fault, which would bring this situation under the realm of Nevada’s comparative negligence standard.
What is known is that a man’s life has been tragically lost, and that this crash will now become part of the overall statistics regarding Nevada pedestrian accidents. Every year, several hundred people are injured in these crashes and approximately one person every week is killed. These statistics have remained largely constant in recent years despite so many efforts by different groups to bring about awareness with regards to pedestrian safety.
Of course, the family of the man who was killed faces a very difficult situation for many reasons. They need to come together to grieve and to work through this time. People who find themselves in this position should also take some time to at least look into their legal rights and options, as people who are wrongfully killed should lead to compensation to families that have suddenly lost them. If you have lost someone you love in a crash that was caused by someone else, contact the Las Vegas accident lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson today to schedule a free initial consultation.